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5/15/2012 3:53:00 PM
Archbishop to ordain largest class of diocesan priests
Rev. Mr. Jose Campos Garcia, Rev. Mr. Justus Alaeto, Rev. Mr. Rodel de Mesa, Rev. Mr. James Graham, Rev. Mr. Joseph Nguyen, Rev. Mr. Arturo Romero-Bautista, Rev. Mr. Benjamin Tapia Ortiz, Rev. Mr. J. Moises Kumul Mac, Rev. Mr. Matthew Libra, Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Eirvin

Rev. Mr. Jose Campos Garcia, Rev. Mr. Justus Alaeto, Rev. Mr. Rodel de Mesa, Rev. Mr. James Graham, Rev. Mr. Joseph Nguyen, Rev. Mr. Arturo Romero-Bautista, Rev. Mr. Benjamin Tapia Ortiz, Rev. Mr. J. Moises Kumul Mac, Rev. Mr. Matthew Libra, Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Eirvin


Archbishop John G. Vlazny will ordain 10 priests on Saturday, June 9, at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of ordination will begin at 11 a.m. This is the largest ordination class of Portland diocesan priests ever, according to officials. 

Those being ordained are: Deacons Justus Alaeto, Arturo Romero-Bautista, Jeffrey Eirvin, Jose Campos Garcia, James Graham, J. Moises Kumul Mac, Matthew Libra, Joseph Nguyen, Benjamin Tapia Ortiz, and Rodel de Mesa.

Rev. Mr. Justus Odira Alaeto was born in 1976 in Orlu, Nigeria.  He attended elementary school in Ideato, Imo State, Nigeria, and graduated high school in 1994 from St. Mary’s Seminary Umuowa in Orlu. 

He attended the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul in Abuja, Nigeria, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2003. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria, and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  After studying at Mount Angel Seminary, he transferred to Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wis., where he completed a master of divinity degree in May.  He was ordained a deacon on Nov. 19, 2011.

His ministry training has included assignments at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard, clinical pastoral education at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, a pastoral year at All Saints Parish in Portland, and a summer placement at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Salem.

Rev. Mr. Arturo Romero-Bautista was born in the small town of Álamo, in the state of Veracruz, in Mexico in 1979. He attended elementary and middle school in Álamo, and then attended high school at the minor seminary Santa María de Guadalupe graduating in 1997. He attended the archdiocesan seminary Rafael Guizar Valencia in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.  He began his studies in theology at Valencia archdiocesan seminary and later transferred to Mount Angel Seminary.  He graduated with a master’s degree in divinity in May. 

He has worked teaching music in a middle school in Álamo, Veracruz, and teaching philosophy and humanities at Benito Juárez high school in Álamo.  His ministry training assignments have included work in parishes in Veracruz, Xalapa, and Álamo, all in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.  He has also had assignments at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin and St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove.  He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny on May 21, 2011 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Michael Eirvin was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1978.  He attended elementary school in Valley Park, Mo., and graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Manchester, Mo., in 1996.  He attended Missouri State University and then Oregon State University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design in 2001. He worked as a graphic designer from 2001 – 05. In 2005 he entered Mount Angel Seminary and earned a certificate in philosophy in 2007.  He attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred yheology in 2010. He is currently studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, working toward a Sacred Theology Licentiate degree. He was ordained a deacon at St. Peter Basilica in Rome by Bishop Bernard Hebda of the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., on Oct. 7, 2010. St. Juan Diego Parish in Portland is his home parish.

His ministry training has included summer placements at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius and Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton.  He has assisted with youth ministry at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, religious education at St. Patrick Parish in Canby, a mission experience in Kowak Tanzania, Africa, hospital ministry at Salvator Mundi Hospital in Rome, campus ministry at St. Mary’s University, Rome Campus attended Spanish language school in Mexico, a pastoral intern year at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland, clinical pastoral education at St. Louis University Hospital and an assignment at Santa Susana Parish in Rome.

Rev. Mr. Jose Manuel Campos Garcia was born in 1972 in El Calabozo Ario de Rosales in Michoacán State, Mexico.  He entered the seminary in 2003, attending the Spanish Seminary of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2007. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 2012.  Rev. Mr. Campos Garcia was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny on May 21, 2011 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland.

His ministry training has included a pastoral year internship at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, and he has served as a deacon at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.
Rev. Mr. James David Graham was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1948.  He attended elementary and high school in Oregon City, graduating from Oregon City High School in 1966.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1971.  He then worked for Ford Motor Co. from 1976 until 1981. 

He attended Vanguard University earning a bachelor’s degree in religion-pastoral ministry in 1983. He then studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He returned to Ford from 1985 until 1991. 

He worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Adult and Family Services from 1993 until 2007. 

His home parish is Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego.

He entered into communion with the Catholic Church in 1995 after completing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process at St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg. He entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wis., fall of 2007.  He earned a master of divinity degree at Sacred Heart Seminary in 2012.

His ministry training assignments have included placements at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, St. John the Apostle Parish, Oregon City, Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, Wis., and clinical pastoral education at St. Camillus Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing in Wauwatosa, Wis. 

He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny in May 2011, and he has served as a deacon at St. Stephen Parish in Portland and at Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin, Wis. 

Rev. Mr. J. Moises Kumul Mac was born in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1979. He attended elementary school in Cozumel Island, in the Quintana Roo State, Mexico. 

He attended secondary school at the Colegio St. Ignatius of Loyola in Playa Del Carmen, graduating in 1999. He attended Universidad Intercontinental Sur, earning a licentiate degree in Spanish classical literature and philosophy in 2004. 

He next attended the Franciscan University Cristobal Colon in Veracruz Puerto City, Veracruz State, Mexico, earning an administrative licentiate degree in educational psychology in 2006. 

He completed a master’s degree in theology and a Master of Divinity degree at Mount Angel Seminary in 2012. He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny at the Mount Angel Abbey Church on Oct. 26, 2011. 

Rev. Mr. Mac’s ministry training has included assignments at St. Juan Diego Parish in Portland, St. Luke Hospital in Boise, Providence Health Care Center in Mount Angel, Risen Christ Parish, Boise, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Caldwell, Idaho, and St. Alexander Parish, Cornelius.

Rev. Mr. Matthew Aaron Libra was born in 1980 in Klamath Falls.  He attended elementary school and high school in Lebanon, graduating from East Linn Christian Academy in 1998.

St. Edward Parish in Lebanon is his home parish.  

He worked in youth ministry at parishes in Lebanon and Salem and for Reach Youth Ministry of Yakima. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2004, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2007.  He studied in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, earning a Sacred Theology bachelor’s degree in 2010.  He is currently studying at the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family in Vatican City State. 

His ministry training assignments have included time at Marian Estates, Sublimity, Sacred Heart Parish, Gervais, St. Mary Cathedral, Portland, Hospital San Carlo, Rome, work with the Missionaries of Charity in Rome, NSA Naples Navy Base in Naples, Italy, and a pastoral year and as a deacon at St. Paul Parish in Eugene.

He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Edward Parish in Lebanon on Sept. 11, 2010.

Rev. Mr. Joseph Hung Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1973. 

He attended elementary and high school in Saigon.  He attended Portland Community College completing the prerequisite program for computer engineering in 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Portland State University in 1999. He then worked at Portland State University until 2005, when he entered Mount Angel Seminary. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2012 from Mount Angel. Our Lady of Lavang in Portland is his home parish.

His ministry training assignments have included summer assignments at All Saints Parish and at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Portland, St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove and at Sacred Heart Parish in Newport. Other assignments have included work at The Grotto in Portland, St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie, clinical pastoral education at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., and a pastoral internship year at St. Stephen Parish in Portland. 

He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny May 21, 2011.  His assignment as a deacon has been at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. 

Rev. Mr. Benjamin Alejandro Tapia Ortiz was born in 1982 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

He attended elementary and secondary schools in Tijuana, graduating in 2000. 

He studied at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Ecleciasticos, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004. He has attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in spirituality in 2011 and a master of divinity degree in theology in 2012. 

His ministry training has included working with a youth group in Mexico City, ministry with the poor in Bogota, Colombia, working with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, working as a Jesuit Volunteer in Madrid, Spain, at St. Patrick Parish in Carlsbad, Calif., clinical pastoral education at Sharp Mercy Hospital in San Diego, youth ministry at St. James Parish in Solana Beach, Calif., parish ministry St. John Eudes Parish in Chatsworth, Calif.  He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny at Mount Angel Abbey Church on Oct. 26, 2011. 

He has served as a deacon at St. Anne Parish in Gresham.

Rev. Mr. Rodel de Mesa was born in Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines, in March of 1984. He attended elementary school in Gigmoto, state of Catanduanes, in the Philippines. 

His secondary education was at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Panal, Tobaco City, Philippines, where he graduated in 2001.  He next attended Mater Salutis College Seminary in Sipi, Daraga, Albay, Philippines, earning a bachelor’s degree in classical philosophy in 2006.  De Mesa completed a master of arts degree and a master of divinity degree at Mount Angel Seminary in May. 

His ministry training assignments have included a pastoral internship at the Madeleine Parish in Portland and clinical pastoral education at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. 

He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Vlazny on last May at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland, and has served as a deacon at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin.





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